Applying for a Building Permit

A building permit must be obtained prior to the start of any work or ground disturbance within City limits.  If the project does not require a building permit, requirements of the Land Use and Development Code still apply.  Repair, replacement, or installation of public improvements (sidewalk, curb and gutter, street trees etc.) may be required of the applicant as a result of ANY building permit application submittal.

Before You Apply

Before applying for a building permit, please take the following information into consideration:

Contractor Requirements
Contractors must have a valid City of Durango Business License.

Durango Fire Protection District (DFPD)
 All multifamily and commercial projects must provide DFPD with a complete Fire Code Plan Review submittal. All new construction in Three Springs and Twin Buttes must pay DFPD an Impact Fee.  A receipt from DFPD for the above submittal/payment must be provided with the City building permit application. Submittals for plan review and impact fee payments need to be submitted directly to the DFPD at: 104 Sheppard Drive, Durango, CO 81301.  Plan review and impact fees are processed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 12:00-4:30PM.  For more information contact DFPD at (970) 382-6000 or visit their website.  

Engineering Review
The Engineering Division will review building plans for compliance with the Land Use and Development Code and Code of Ordinances. Public improvements (see below), water lines, sewer lines, backflow prevention, driveway slope, and stormwater drainage are among many items under review.

Fees
Fees are due when the permit is issued and all applicable reviews are completed. No fees are due upon submittal.   

Planning Division Review
Requirements of the Land Use and Development Code (zoning, height restrictions, setbacks, landscaping, etc.) apply to all building permit applications. Additional Planning processes may be required before a building permit application can be submitted. Please contact the Planning Division for more information.

Plumbing and Electrical
Homeowners can complete their own plumbing and electrical work, however, if a plumber or electrician is used they must be licensed by the State of Colorado. Commercial property owners must use a licensed plumber and electrician. Electrical permits are issued by the State of Colorado.

Public Improvements Requirements
Repair, replacement, or installation of public improvements (sidewalk, curb and gutter, street trees etc.) may be required of the applicant as a result of ANY building permit submittal. Please contact the Engineering Division for more information.

Review Time
The ability to estimate permitting timelines is an important factor in managing your project.  Please allow a minimum of 10 business days for a complete building permit review of additions and remodels, and a minimum of 15 business days for a complete building permit review of new construction.  Incomplete submittals will not be accepted.

Skyridge
All projects within the Skyridge subdivision require approval by the Skyridge Architectural Review Committee.  Please contact the Building Division for their contact information.

Submittal Documents
When plan review is required, at a minimum, the following documents are required:    
    -    A completed building permit application
    -    2 sets of plans (when plans are necessary as determined by the type of permit)

Three Springs
Three Springs Design Review Committee approval is required of construction projects within Three Springs.  Please provide documentation of this approval with your building permit application.

Twin Buttes
Construction in Twin Buttes requires approval by the Twin Buttes Design Review Committee.  Please provide documentation of this approval with your building permit application.